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One Step Too Far Paperback – 15 Apr 2013
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About the Author
Tina Seskis grew up in Hampshire, the daughter of an airline engineer and a sales rep. Her parents bestowed upon Tina a certain degree of eccentricity: her dad amongst other things built a boat in the front garden on their commuter belt housing estate, moved them into a touring caravan when their new house wasn't built, and took them all over the world with his free air travel and limited budget. Tina studied business at the University of Bath and then worked for over 20 years in marketing, advertising and online, with varying degrees of success. Before that she did a variety of other jobs including door to door encylopedia selling in the US, industrial relations for Ford in Halewood, Liverpool, and selling bacon butties with her granny in the Halfway Hut at Wentworth Golf Club. Tina never intended writing a novel. She wrote One Step Too Far over a two month period in summer 2010 and then gave up writing entirely for well over a year, before writing her second novel A Serpentine Affair in autumn 2011. Her third book (working title Collision) is due for completion in 2013, and is the coming together of a key character from each of the first two novels, if Tina can one day resolve how to make the plot work. Tina lives in North London with her husband and son.
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I was looking for a thriller, with a twist, and I read many a thriller with twists... I love reading books, where I do not know what is coming next, turning or swiping the page with trepidation.
This book had that and more. Once I started, I found it difficult to put down.
Did I like Emily? not sure, did I like who she became in the story, no. I knew she had something to hide or at least run away from, but that was what kept me turning page after page. Just one more chapter.
It is a well written thriller, and I would have missed it completely if it wasn't for Joanne's recommendation. I loved the twists and where it lead to. I did find the ending slightly too much of a cliché and maybe it should have been left at a chapter or two previous. However this did not spoil my enjoyment of the book.
No, I didn't guess the secret... and I did look.
A really good book, recommended
What can I say, I loved One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis! It's a great book and I can see it easily being a best selling film too.
I found myself immediately drawn to the writing style and immersed in the different characters.
The book flips between the present day and the past and you know they will eventually converge revealing the full situation behind the dramatic life change taken by our lead character, Emily Coleman.
All of the roles in the story are well defined and I found that I had clear and distinct thoughts about each new person as they were introduced and their back story was drip fed.
Emily/Cat is likeable and so clearly hiding and healing from an 'event' which lead to her running away from everything and everyone. I find I usually guess the answers to things like this one very early on in books whereas with 'One Step Too Far' I had a few ideas floating around in the my head before the final answer was uncovered.
The tension and suspense really builds up as you read on and I think I read the last 50% of the book in one (heavily coffee fuelled) sitting as I simply had to know what happened next!
This is truly a really engaging book to lose yourself in and I hope you love it as much as I did.
1. It actually does have a plot, albeit a really stretched one
2. I did find it interesting at parts and as an easy read it was fairly painless to pick up
3. As a debut book, though flawed, shows that Tina Seskis could write well and has a way with words...
But this was not one debut book, it felt rather than three or four books in one! Eager to please and create rapport with as many of her reading audience as possible (mostly women I suspect, as she failed to make it remotely interesting to a male audience), Seskis crammed in this little book everything: mystery, sorrow, abandonment, change of identity, sibling rivalry, drug taking, city careers, cute cottages in the country, wedding days, adultery, trekking in Africa, accidental deaths, suspicion of murder, domestic abuse, the list goes on...
And this is what made me a bit angry - she did have all these lines of plot she could expand in different books and explore the characters a bit more and develop them and make the situations a bit more believable...describing how your main character feels does not a character make.
Some far-fetched links between plot lines as well as some trickery to keep us turning the pages and I am done.
I wouldn't recommend this book as a good read. However, if you are scouting for talent out there, of what could be or would be, maybe worth a look, in case things get better in future...but on second thoughts, why bother?
Read a Hilary Mantel book instead for instant intellectual elevation.
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